In today’s roundup of Canadian NHL team headlines: Flames Tanguay already in mid-season form…Oilers put together “Tre Kroner” line…Cody Hodgson looks good in first pre-season split-squad game…Jets prospect Mark Scheifele stars in first pre-season split-squad game…Senators look to younger veterans to fill in for departed vets…Canadiens Cammalleri sees room for improvement…Leafs sloppy play costs them against Flyers.
CALGARY HERALD: reported Flames winger Alex Tanguay appeared to be in mid-season form with two points in his team’s 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks in pre-season action Tuesday night.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s only one game and a preseason one at that, but if this performance is any indication of what to expect from Tanguay this season, he’ll silence the notion that last season’s bounce-back effort was a one-off.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: reports Oilers coach Tom Renney put together a “Tre Kroner” line of Magnus Paajarvi, Linus Omark and Anton Lander for Tuesday’s game against Minnesota.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The line factored on two of the Oilers three goals in a 4-3 split-squad loss to the Wild. Remains to be seen how long they’ll stay together, or if they’ll last into the regular season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: reports forward Cody Hodgson was the one bright spot in the Canucks split-squad loss to Calgary on Tuesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be a “make-or-break” season for Hodgson with the Canucks, so he’ll have to step it up for every game.
WINNIPEG SUN: reports
Canucks Jets 2011 first round pick Mark Scheifele shone in the Jets first pre-season home game, in which he netted two goals and two assists in a split-squad 6-1 victory over Columbus.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Scheifele will still be with the club when the regular season begins, let alone how long he’ll be with the club if he makes it that far, but last night’s effort was a promising start, and if he keeps up that effort, he’ll make it tough for the Jets to send him back to Junior.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: reports the Senators will look toward younger veterans like Mike Foligno and Peter Regin to pick up the slack from departed veterans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the opportunity those younger Senators need to seize if they hope to cement themselves as established vets long-term with the club.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: reports Canadiens winger Mike Cammalleri believes there’s still considerable room for improvement for his team following a 6-3 defeat to the Dallas Stars in their opening pre-season game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully overly-anxious Habs fans will remember Carey Price’s advice about pre-season play from a year ago.
TORONTO STAR: reports sloppy play by the Maple Leafs was to blame for their lackluster 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.